Jan 11, 2013 11:00pm PST
the holidays, we asked you, our viewers, to recommend the one book you thought president obama should read as he prepares himself for his second term in office. as ever, your suggestions were thoughtful, provocative and eclectic -- from books by authors who have appeared as guests on this broadcast, to works by the late john steinbeck and a. a. milne, the creator of winnie-the-pooh. you can see a list at our website, billmoyers.com. many of you asked for my choice, too. this is it, paul krugman's "end this depression now!" it's both prescription and warning. our current obsession with slashing the deficit and avoiding that well-known and worn fiscal cliff is killing us, krugman writes, getting in the way of what really needs to be done, which is dedicating government to creating jobs and getting us back to full employment. he blames not only congress but the white house. paul krugman is professor of economics and international affairs at princeton university. since 1999, he's been an op-ed columnist at "the new york times" and now also writes a blog for the paper titled "the co
Jan 4, 2013 11:00pm PST
, as the government reaches its debt ceiling and can't borrow any more money. president obama wants to lift that ceiling. the republicans don't. and it appears we're heading for another "thelma and louise" ride to the edge. remember -- they went over. we'll discuss that possibility next week with paul krugman, the nobel laureate in economics and "new york times" columnist whose bestselling book, "end this depression now!" calls for full employment as an alternative to austerity. read it, then send us the question you would like me to put to paul krugman. meanwhile, another reality beckons and there's a menace more threatening than the fiscal cliff ever was. what should really be scaring the daylights out of us -- the crisis which could make all the others irrelevant -- is global warming. get this one wrong and it's over -- not just for the usa, but for planet earth. that's the message delivered by hurricane sandy, and by almost all the extreme weather of the past two years. and here in the first month of the new year, it's the message from the most informed scientists in the world.